The 21st Annual Meeting of Women in Cognitive Science

Mentoring Matters
Thursday, November 4, 2021 - 4:00pm to 7:00pm

4:00-6:00pm CDT Panel and Q&A
6:00-7:00pm CDT Social Hour and Speed Mentoring
This is an all virtual event.

Mentoring provides guidance and support across the course of a career with different types of mentoring relationships needed at different career stages. Yet, training in how to mentor is rarely part of preparation for a career, leaving many researchers wondering how to develop the skills needed to be a good mentor. Our panel of speakers brings a wealth of experience in mentoring in different institutional settings and across different career stages from students to mid-career faculty. Join the workshop to hear them share stories of why mentoring matters.


  • Matthew Botvinick, DeepMind and University College London
  • Nadia Brashier, Purdue University
  • Marisa Carrasco, New York University
  • Barbara Shinn-Cunningham, Carnegie Mellon University

  • WiCS Panel at CogSci21

    Navigating the Maze: Developing Your Career in Animal Cognition
    Tuesday, July 27, 2021 - 3:30pm to 5:30pm
    Kate Hong, Assistant Professor, Carnegie Mellon University
    Katherine Cronin, Senior Animal Welfare Scientist, Lincoln Park Zoo
    Cynthia Moss, Professor, Johns Hopkins University

    Aligning with the overall focus on animal cognition for the CogSci21 conference, WiCS welcomes a panel of presenters speaking from their own experience in developing successful careers studying cognition using different animal models. Below are the recordings of the presentations:

    Tactile Perceptual Decision Making Whisker-Mediated Touch in Rodents
    Presented by Y. Kate Hong, Carnegie Mellon University

    One Arm of the Maze: A Career in Zoo Animals Welfare Science
    Presented by Katherine Cronin, Lincoln Park Zoo

    Research Career Path: From Studies in Humans to Echolocating Bats
    Presented by Cynthia Moss, Johns Hopkins University

    The 20th Anniversary Meeting of Women in Cognitive Science

    Why Still So Slow
    Thursday, November 19, 2020 - 4:00pm to 7:00pm
    Virginia Valian

    The 20th Anniversary Meeting of Women in Cognitive Science Thursday, November 19, 2020 4-7 p.m. eastern, Virtual Introduction Randi C. Martin Rice University

    Keynote Why Still So Slow? Virginia V. Valian Hunter College

    Audience Q&A and Discussion Moderator: Suparna Rajaram, Stony Brook University

    Panel Speakers Mary Potter, James Pomerantz, Betty Tuller, Teresa Bajo, Debra Titone and Penny Pexman, Natasha Tokowicz, Laurie Feldman, Janet van Hell, Nora Newcombe, Mary Peterson, Virginia Valian, Helene Intraub, Laura Carlson, Eleonora Rossi, Marianne Lloyd, Morton Ann Gernsbacher, Lilith Dorko Moderator: Judith Kroll, University of California, Irvine

    Future of WiCS: Opportunities in a New Era Speakers: Kate Arrington, Karin Butler, Kristi Multhaup, Bonnie Nozari, Joo-Hyun Song

    Speed Mentoring Session Organizer: Natasha Tokowicz. University of Pittsburgh

    WiCS Co-founders and 2020 Co-organizers: Judith Kroll, University of California, Irvine Randi C. Martin, Rice University Suparna Rajaram, Stony Brook University

    Find us on: Twitter @WomenInCogSci Women in Cognitive Science is affiliated with the Psychonomic Society and its activities are funded by the Perception Action and Cognition program at the National Science Foundation.

    Panel at the Meeting of the Association for Psychological Science 2018

    Monday, June 4, 2018 - 1:10pm
    Eleonora Rossi, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
    Angela Gutchess, Brandeis University
    Sonja Lyubomirsky, University of California, Riverside
    Betty Tuller, National Science Foundation
    Judith Kroll, University of California, Riverside (Moderator)

    Contemporary psychology has increasingly become team science, with a distribution of expertise across team members and with collaborations both domestically and internationally. Developing international collaborations early in a scientist’s career, in coordination with graduate or postdoctoral training, and extending beyond it, requires networking that can present challenges to junior scientists and particularly to junior female scientists. In this meeting organized by Women in Cognitive Science ( we focus on strategies for building international networks and for seeking global training across early career stages. Participants will include senior scientists who have successfully developed international collaborations and research networks and junior scientists whose training has included international research and collaboration. We focus on the particular challenges that arise in negotiating different cultures within and outside the laboratory.

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    Speed Mentoring at the ICPS meeting in Vienna

    WICS Mentoring Session
    Thursday, March 23, 2017 - 5:00pm to 6:00pm

    After the panel presentations and discussion, Women in Cognitive Science will host a speed mentoring session for one hour following the model used with great success in previous meetings. Junior researchers, assistant professors postdocs, and Ph.D. students, both female and male, who wish to participate as mentees must register in advance at:

    If you are interested in being a mentor, please complete the Google document at the link given below. Note that for the purpose of this event we consider anyone beyond the first years of an assistant professorship or research institute position to be eligible, so both mid-career and senior scientists are invited to be mentors. WiCS will then pair mentees with mentors based on area of research and the type of institutional affiliation (e.g., large university, research institute, small teaching college). The timing will allow a maximum of two mentor-mentee sessions of 20 minutes. In brief, the program will link junior faculty with senior faculty to meet briefly (for 20 minutes). The speed mentoring session will be held in part over an APS- sponsored reception where coffee and pastry will be served. There are several ground rules that include: 1. This is a one-time session (i.e., the mentor is not signing on for a longer-term mentoring relationship); 2. The mentee should come with a specific question or two to guide the session and make the most of it; 3. The mentee should send the mentor a CV and the question(s) ahead of time, but not expect that the mentor will have read this information prior to the meeting. The workshop will occur the afternoon of Thursday 23 March from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm and the mentoring session from 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm

    Acknowledgments: This meeting of Women in Cognitive Science has been made possible thanks to the support from APS.

    Panel at the International Convention of Psychological Science 2017

    Using social media to promote professional development, scientific dissemination and networking
    Thursday, March 23, 2017 - 3:00pm to Saturday, March 25, 2017 - 5:00pm
    Lorenza Colzato (University of Leiden) To blog or not to blog, that is the question
    Daniel Lakens (Eindhoven University) Social Media as a Networking Tool
    Stephan Lewandowsky (University of Bristol) Jekyll and Hyde: Science blogs vs. blog “science”
    Gabriella Vigliocco (University College of London) Using social media for research: from recruitment to crowdsourcing
    Angelique Cramer (University of Amsterdam) The boundaries of your online identity
    Antonella Sorace (University of Edinburgh) Enhancing the public understanding of bilingualism through social media: The Bilingualism Matters experience
    Organizers/moderators: Teresa Bajo (Universidad de Granada), Cristina Cacciari (Universita of the Studi di Modena)

    Social media has become integrated into many aspects of daily life. Websites, blogs or YouTube are used to communicate information, keep in touch with people or create social networks. Similarly, scientists are increasingly using social media to share new articles, discuss scientific opinions and circulate information about professional opportunities and scientific events. Social media networks can be beneficial for scientists by offering powerful tools to boost their professional profile and increase the visibility of their science. In this workshop organized by Women in Cognitive Science, an international panel of senior and junior researchers will discuss best practices for using social media toward different scientific and professional goals. In different presentations panellists will focus on the use of blogs, twits, websites and internet platforms for scientific dissemination, increased visibility of personal scientific profiles, networking, fund raising or increasing public awareness and understanding of a scientific topic. Panel presentations will be followed by open discussion with the audience.

    Panel at the Annual Meeting of the Psychonomic Society 2016

    Life in the academy: Balancing work and home
    Thursday, November 17, 2016 - 4:00pm to 7:00pm
    Karen Emmorey, San Diego State University
    Victor Ferreira, University of California, San Diego
    Amy Overman, Elon University
    Duane Watson, Vanderbilt University
    Natasha Tokowicz (Organizer/Moderator), University of Pittsburgh

    Panel at the Meeting of the Association for Psychological Science 2016

    The psychology of negotiation: When, why, and how
    Saturday, May 28, 2016 - 12:30pm to 2:20pm
    Alice H. Eagly, Northwestern University
    Susan Mohammed, The Pennsylvania State University
    Suparna Rajaram, Stony Brook University
    Valerie Reyna, Cornell University
    Natasha Tokowicz, University of Pittsburgh (Moderator)

    WiCS meeting at the International Meeting of the Psychonomic Society 2016

    Developing International Research Collaborations and Promoting Global Leadership
    Thursday, May 5, 2016 - 10:00am to 1:00pm
    Cristina Cacciari, University of Modena and Reggio Emilia
    Robert Logie, The University of Edinburgh
    Andria Shimi, University of Oxford
    Maria Ruz, University of Granada
    Petar Milin, Eberhard Karls University Tübingen
    Suparna Rajaram, Stony Brook University (Moderator)